March 2015 Assembly Liturgy

NOTE:  Sojourn Kids playlist can be found at this link:  Playlist

Leader 1: Let’s sing some of our favorite worship songs together! Our first song is called “Sing and Shout,” which are two ways that we worship God! Who can raise their hand and tell me some other ways that we worship God? (Take 3-4 answers; if they need help: Dance! Give Offering! Help Others! Pray! Serve the Church! Read the Bible!) Wow! Worship is more than just a song! Let’s remember how good God is as we get to worship through song today!

“Sing and Shout” by Matt Redman

Leader 2: Our memory verse this month is Psalm 39:4! Repeat this after me: “Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, O Lord.” Ok, let’s play a little game to see what this verse means. I’m going to think of a word in my head, and let’s see if any of you can guess it. [Take 3 or 4 guesses before revealing your word] Wow! Is anyone surprised that no one could guess my word? We can’t even guess what’s in each other’s minds, but this passage from God’s Word tells us that God doesn’t just guess what’s in our minds, He knows it before anyone else! Psalm 139, where this verse comes from, is all about how well God knows us and loves us. He doesn’t only know what words we will speak before we speak them, He also knows the thoughts in our minds and the desires of our hearts! And no matter where we are, no matter what we do, this Psalm says that He will never leave us.

Leader 1: That’s right! God knows us, and God loves us! When we worship, we are responding to God’s goodness. Another way we do this is by giving an offering to God of our money, our time, and our talents! As we sing this next song about Jesus’ love for us, you can bring your offering up to the front!

“Hosanna (Palm Sunday)”  Words & Music by Jeremy Quillo (c) 2010 Sojourn Music

Leader 1: That song reminds of us our Christmas song, doesn’t it? When we sing it at Christmas, it’s about Jesus coming to Earth to be with us. When we sing it during this Easter season, it’s about Jesus going to the cross, where He sacrificed Himself to fix our broken relationship with God. We have one more song to sing about that!! Will you sing it with me?!

(Play the Catechism riff: G-F-G-F-G-F-G “Catechism!”)

Leader 2: Here is our question for this week! I’ll read the question and you will all read the answer together!

March 2: Why does God tell us, “You shall have no other gods before Me?” Because God is our only King and Lord.

March 8: Why does God tell us, “You shall not make for yourself an image?” So we will serve God and nothing else.

March 15: Why does God tell us, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God?”  So we will respect God’s name, Word, and works.

March 22: Why does God tell us, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it Holy?” So we will rest in God and remember the finished work of Jesus.

March 29: How should we love our neighbor? We should love our neighbor as ourselves.

Leader 2: Let’s pray! Bow your heads and fold your hands as we talk to God! Father God, we thank You for sending Jesus to be our Teacher, our Friend, our Brother, and our Savior. Jesus, we praise You for going to cross to die and defeating death for us! Holy Spirit, please fill our hearts today so we can know and love You more. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Abraham and God’s Promise (At Home for February 22nd)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Abraham and God’s Promise” (Genesis 12-13). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Genesis 12:1-9 or Story 8 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Have you ever moved into a new house?  What do we have to do to move?

ASK: Why is moving both exciting and sad?  It is exciting because of all the new things you will see and do.  It is sad because of all the friends and family you will have to leave behind.

ASK: Do you think it was exciting and sad when Abraham moved? God made Abraham an exciting promise that he would bless him, but it was also sad because he had to leave his family and home.

 

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 8.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

18.  How should we love God?  We love God by obeying and serving only Him.

Matthew 22:37  Jesus replied, “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

“What to Expect” for Child Dedication

Like most parents I suppose, the birth of our first child was simultaneously the most exciting and most terrifying thing that had ever happened to my wife and I. We spent nine months planning, praying, and preparing for him to arrive. We read books and talked to other parents to find out “what to expect” but we could really get a clear answer.

childded web graphic 15We have always desired to raise our children in a home centered on Christ, but we weren’t really sure what that looked like.We knew a baby dedication service was a good place to start, but like most things with kids, we didn’t know what to expect. I remember talking with my wife about the class we required to take before the service. We pondered what the content would be. We guessed maybe a list of requirements for parents at Sojourn. Perhaps they’d teach us how to have family devotions? Maybe they’ll give us a theology lesson on why we don’t do infant baptism?

While we certainly should have seen it coming, one thing we didn’t consider the class might be designed for was encouraging us in the gospel. We sat for an hour and a half and listened to how the gospel sets us free as parents, how the Lord is in control of our child and how we didn’t need to have family devotions figured out. We were given tools to parent with, but reminded that they were just tools and not a rulebook.

The dedication service continued the theme of encouragement. I can’t tell you how assuring it is for a scared dad to stand before his church and hear them promise to have my back. Taylor and I were so grateful for the prayers offered over us and the love shown during that time.

We left the dedication service still having no clue what we were doing as parents. But we also left with the confidence that the gospel had set us free from the burden of knowing it all and that our church family had our back every step of the way. —Stuart and Taylor Owens, Sojourn parents

Sign up for the March 15th Child Dedication

The Tower of Babel (At Home for February 15th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “The Tower of Babel” (Genesis 11:1-9). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Genesis 11:1-9 or Story 7 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Did the people ask God for help or try to build the tower on their own?  They wanted to build it on their own.

ASK: Did God think the tower was a good idea?  No.  God said, “If they are successful they will do whatever evil thing pleases them.”

ASK: What did God do to keep them from building their tower and city? He confused their languages.

 

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 7.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

17.  How does God command us to live in His kingdom?  We are commanded to love God and love our neighbor.

Matthew 22:37  Jesus replied, “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

The Rainbow of God’s Promise (At Home for February 8th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “The Rainbow of God’s Promise” (Genesis 8-9). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Genesis 8-9 or Story 6 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Why did God put a rainbow in the sky?  As a sign of his promise to Noah that he would never destroy the earth by a flood.

ASK: Why did Noah build an alter?  To thank God for saving him.

ASK: Can you think of any other times God saved his people from death?

 

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 6.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

16.  What is the gospel of the kingdom?  The good news that we can have life with God under the rule of God.

Mark 1:15  The time has come, he said, “The kingdom of God has come near.  Repent and believe the good news.”

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